Chappie dog food is a long-standing dog food brand based in the United Kingdom that has been operational since 1934, which makes it one of the oldest brands still producing dog food.
While it isn’t its only purpose, Chappie is best known for being a solution for dogs with sensitive stomachs.
This is backed up by the fact that many Veterinary professionals, especially in the United Kingdom, will recommend Chappie to help relieve symptoms associated with a sensitive stomach and digestive system.
However, despite being recommended by many Veterinary professionals, there are some dogs whose symptoms are not relieved by Chappie.
Chappie’s products are produced by Mars Petcare, which is one of the largest pet food groups in the world and produces many other well-known brands such as Pedigree, Whiskas, and Royal Canin.
This link to Mars Petcare may be another reason why Chappie is recommended by Veterinaries, as many of them have a close relationship with brands like Royal Canin or Purina.
Based on our research, it isn’t clear where the manufacturing for Chappie occurs, but despite this, we believe it is somewhere in the United Kingdom.
If you are looking to get ahold of Chappie recipes, they tend not to be as widely available as some brands but can be bought from some veterinary practices, from select pet food stores, as well as at some online pet food websites like PetsAtHome.
Chappie Product Range
Compared to most dog food brands, which often have dozens or hundreds of recipes, Chappie has a tiny product range of dog food products.
This dog food range includes just two dry food recipes, each with a different core meat ingredient (Beef and Chicken).
In addition to their two dry food recipes, Chappie also produces two wet dog food recipes.
Both of these wet dog food recipes make use of grain ingredients, but one uses fish as its core ingredient and the other Chicken.
Sadly, the nutrition provided by Chappie products is not impressive when compared to most other dog food brands and could be described by some as inferior.
The proportion of protein and fat present in both their dry and wet foods is below-average at best, and the proportion of carbohydrates is extremely high.
This nutritional profile is not surprising given the price range that Chappie occupies.
Below is an example of the nutrition provided by a dry dog food recipe from Chappie.
As you can see above, the protein and fat proportion sum to just over 40% of the recipe’s nutritional value, whereas carbohydrates make up almost 60%.
However, it is extremely important to note that for dogs with very sensitive stomachs, ideal nutrition may have to be sacrificed.
It is critical that dogs are in good health and high levels of animal-based protein and fat should never be prioritized over serious health issues.
If you’d like to read more about canine nutrition, including information on ingredients, recalls, and dog food types, be sure to check out our Dog Food Guide.
High-Quality Meat & Fish Ingredients
While Chappie dog food does contain some named meat ingredients such as those listed above, much of their meat content is unnamed.
At least for these named meat ingredients, they would be considered by many to be high-quality ingredients and can provide dogs with an abundance of animal-based protein and fat.
Other Notable Ingredients
However, while there are some named meat ingredients in Chappie recipes, there are many unnamed meats such as Meat and Animal Derivatives and Fish and Fish Derivatives.
These unnamed meat ingredients are not considered to be high-quality additions to a dog food recipe, and the lack of transparency that comes with them is concerning.
This is due to the fact that Chappie could change their meat ingredients or their source without making a material change to their ingredient list of products, leaving dog owners in the dark.
Very few pet food brands still use unnamed meat ingredients such as these, which puts Chappie in a select and unwelcome club.
In addition to the lack of transparency around their meat ingredients, it is not clear what cereal grains Chappie uses and in what proportions these are present.
From our research, it appears that Chappie uses grain ingredients such as Rice, Wheat, and Maize.
Some grains, such as wheat and corn, have a particularly bad rap among many dog owners, with some dog owners refusing to feed food with them to their dogs.
These dog owners would prefer that these ingredients not be used in dog food and believe that they are highly processed.
Despite this, some of the larger dog food brands like Purina and Royal Canin do support the use of grains like Wheat and Corn and believe they provide valuable nutrition.
What is interesting is that Chappie dog food does not contain any other significant or notable ingredients beyond its meat and grain content.
Many pet food brands use minor ingredients like Flaxseed, Brewers Yeast, Tomato Pomace, and Beet Pulp, but it does not appear that any of these are present in Chappie recipes.
However, tieing back to Chappie’s focus on dogs with stomach and digestive issues, this lack of other ingredients is likely intentional to limit adverse reactions.
Chappie Animal Testing
At this time, we have no information on what type, if any, of animal testing Chappie participates in.
However, given that Chappie is owned by Mars Petcare, they likely share much of the testing and trialing techniques used by Mars for other brands like Royal Canin.
Brands like Royal Canin do extensive feeding trials of their products to optimize ingredients, nutrition, and flavor.
We strongly believe that invasive or laboratory-style testing of animals is a cruel and outdated practice and one which we hope will see a serious decline or elimination.
Based on our research (FDA, AVMA, DogFoodAdvisor), we could find no evidence that Chappie has issued any recalls in its history, making it a recall-free dog food brand.
Given that Chappie has been available for decades in the United Kingdom, this is an impressive recall record and one that should be recognized.
We hope that Chappie and Mars Petcare can continue to maintain high safety and quality standards in the production of Chappie dog food and avoid future recalls.
Despite this, we encourage all dog owners to be vigilant of any future recalls from Chappie or any other dog food brands to ensure their dogs remain healthy and safe.
Best of Chappie
Adult With Chicken And Whole Grain Cereal Review
The above Chicken and Whole Grain Cereal Recipe is the standard dry dog food recipe from Chappie.
It contains some Chicken which is a high-quality addition but as we touched on earlier, it also uses some other unnamed meat ingredients.
Regardless, this combination of meat ingredients provides a small portion of animal-based protein and fat.
The recipe then uses a large portion of grain ingredients such as wheat and maize to provide a very large portion of carbohydrates.
Original Recipe Review
The above original wet dog food recipe is another commonly seen formula from Chappie and is the one that is most often recommended by vets for stomach and digestive issues.
This wet dog food recipe focuses on fish ingredients such as Whitefish. Whitefish is well-known for its stomach-calming properties and is used industry-wide for some dogs with easily upset stomachs.
However, Whitefish isn’t the only fish present; there are also other unnamed fish ingredients included in this recipe.
As with other Chappie recipes, a range of cereal ingredients are present, but it is not clear which particular grains are used.
Chappie Featured Articles
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Chappie Full Product Range
Dry Dog Food
Adult With Beef And Whole Grain Cereal
Adult With Chicken And Whole Grain Cereal
Wet Dog Food
Chicken And Rice